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3 Ways to Cultivate Inner Freedom

This week's Free yoga practise is right HERE for you. 

Hello beautiful soul,
    How are you? 

Another week of this strange life. 
Another week of external restrictions. 
Another week of being at home. 

What does being at home mean anyway?!
 Is it a physical place, an emotional place or even a spiritual one? 

Are you spending this time climbing the walls or digging deep? 

  I find my personal experience of being at home is changing hour by hour! I can say only one thing for sure: External freedom is rather limited for all of us right now, and so I'm following the advice of all the Yogic and Buddhist masters I have ever read and trying my humble best to cultivate some inner freedom

   "Inner freedom is not guided by our efforts; it comes from seeing what is true."
- Gautama Buddha

     Each and every one of us has unlimited potential. So what happens if we turn this potential inward? And rather than chasing the monkey-mind from one external goal to another, we look for way…
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Hello Beautiful People,
    How are you? 
     ....No really- How are you?

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   Everybody is being affected by the impact of Corona, and the measures that are being taken to control it. Many people are afraid, many people are deeply stressed. 

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The Power of Compassion

Hello Beautiful People,

    This week I have been blessed to be surrounded by a group of caring, hardworking, joyful new friends and with it I am finding many opportunities to give and to receive compassion. 

   So what exactly is compassion and why is it soo important. 

Well here are a few words from The Dalai Lama  Himself:

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

“We can reject everything else: religion, ideology, all received
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Let Go!

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     Having the ability to let go of things can make a huge difference to the quality of our lives and its benefits are (at least) three fold:

1.Change is the only constant so no matter how much we hope certain things won't change- eventually they will! So practicing the ability to let go allows us to gracefully adapt to necessary change.

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Hello Beautiful People,

       How are you?
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Open Heart

Hello Beautiful People :)

   How are you?

 Today is a special day for me ...well I suppose every day is a special day (!!) ...,but today is a little more special as it marks 10 weeks since little Rafael was born.

  I write this feeling soo many feelings as there has been so much to learn and integrate since he came along. Every day is full of oh-so many inspiring moments and oh- so many mundane ones where time seems to slow down and speed up simultaneously and my limitations come crashing in to my awareness! Yoga is a huge part of what is keeping me sane(ish) at the moment and there seems to be many  a wonderful reminder to try my best, surrender,  and breathe. 

  Today is also special because it is my first attempt at releasing a new yoga video since the little one came along. Today I share with you  a 45 minute Heart Opening session, including footage taken during my most recent live class. I hope you enjoy it and I would be interested to hear if you would be happy to watch more sessio…